In the US, we can look to OSHA and NFPA 600 for guidance on minimums. Is there anyone using a methodology or approach to adequate calculate what size of fire brigade should be for a specific industrial site or park?
I was one of two administrators / responders that operated an industrial fire brigade for 20 years at a defense contractor. Staffing came from workers with a full in-house training program and outside FF1 & 2 as available.
Early on we recognized that the minimum staffing to perform any operation where staff could enter an IDLH environment would require AT LEAST 5 personnel. Two in/Two out and one acting as an officer to direct/communicate and maintain accountability of all staff on-scene.
To that end we found that a minimum of 10 per shift worked out OK considering that all personnel may not be working or their work task did not allow them to leave immediately. That number was often higher due to staff from different shifts working overtime.
Depending on the incident outside FD/Rescue response was initiated as needed.
Lack of minimum staff immediately triggered outside response.
We will have full time staff and staff from operations. So I took for the full time staff 4 Fire fighters (2 units - one interior attack one stays standby "RIT") and two Fire Officer I, One is over all in charge one is just with the full time staff. In the moment the other members arrive at the scene, one of the two will be on charge for the add on staff....
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